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“Not King Cole” – Not Very “Unforgettable”

King Cole doesn’t have very good numbers against the Mets, but I was hoping for a renewed outlook and hopefully and better result when he made his first home start of 2014 on Tuesday night.  New year – same result.  Actually worse.  Hamels gave his worst performance in 3 years as he only went 4 2/3, allowing 8 hits, 6 runs – an astounding 5 walks, a hit batsman and only striking out 3.  That brings his career record to a 7-14 vs NYM.  Yikes. . .

However, even with that horrible line – I am willing to give Hamels the benefit of the doubt – and so should anyone.  Not only was it raining, it was also in the low 40’s – AND our #2 starter had to wait out a 90 min rain delay before throwing his first pitch.  That doesn’t help any pitcher, but has to be brutal on a guy like Hamels that is coming back from an injury.  We all know he has better stuff and we all know that we will be seeing it sooner rather than later.  So I am betting that we will be seeing “Old King Cole” back in form his next start.

Not a whole lot more to discuss on that Mets game, but D Brown went 0-4 and left a lot of runners on the bases.  Howard and Ruiz continue to hit, which is a very good sign, but the team has to start hitting with RISP position to keep the games close.

The series in Arizona ended up as I predicted – with them losing the opener and taking the next 2.  Hernandez was his usual Jekyll  and Hyde self – one good start and one bad start – giving up 4 earned through 6 – which isn’t TERRIBLE of course, but he allowed a lot of baserunners through 6 – while his opponent Collmenter, allowed very few through 6 and didn’t walk any.

Game 2 found a brilliant comeback for this team – when the game looked completely hopeless.  Arizona got a great start from Arroyo, then he eventually game up 2 runs leaving the game in the 7th with a 5-2 lead for his team – as Cliff Lee was very off his game, allowing Arizona to score 5 in the first 3 before settling down a little.  Pinch hitter Cody Ashce’s 2 run double capped a 4 run 8th inning comeback that saw the Phillies fight back to take game 2 of the series.

Game 3 completed the road trip and we saw AJ Burnett looking absolutely BRILLIANT – going 8 strong shutout innings, allowing only 5 hits, no walks (huge) and striking out 8.  That is fantastic stuff from this guy and I cannot wait for this next start.  His ERA Is a nice low 2.30 something – and Papelbon closed it out in the 9th

With today off, we start a 3 game home series with Washinton tomorrow – with a GREAT matchup to kick it off.  Strasburg vs Lee.  Neither pitcher is totally on their game right now, but Strasburg’s ERA is amost a full point higher than Lee’s.  And with Lee’s last outing looking poor, you know he will be dialing it up a notch tomorrow night.

It was a very disappointing night last night watching the Flyers waste a fantastic effort by Mason and ending their season.  But that was a fun series to watch – and had we been at home for game 7, we would be playing Pittsburg over the weekend, not NYR.

The Phillies can ease the pain a little by sweeping the Nationals this weekend and getting themselves back in a better position in the East.